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Macedonia: Nature Conservation Programme

01.01.2017 - 31.01.2021

Switzerland will assist Macedonia in sustainable management of natural resources through practical application of conservation measures such as regional protected areas and integrated forest management in the Bregalnica region. Further framework conditions will be improved and support is provided in implementing national legislation and the Strategy on Nature. By promoting ecologically and sustainably produced products and services, economic benefit for the local population will be generated.

Vocational Skills Development in Macedonia

01.09.2016 - 28.02.2022

Macedonia has one of the highest unemployment rates in Europe (25%), especially among youth (48%). One of the key factors for youth unemployment is that the education and training system does not provide skills needed by the economy. The Vocational Skills Development project aims to address youth unemployment through supporting market relevant skills development by strengthening the engagement of the private sector (e.g. through systematised internships), thus increasing the employability of vocational training graduates.

Sustainable and Inclusive Regional Economic Development in Macedonia

01.11.2015 - 31.03.2021

The level of development of Macedonia‘s eight regions is highly unequal. A national structure for balanced regional development has been built up since 2007. SDC will contribute to the establishment of a national system for coordination and monitoring for balanced regional development. In the regions, good governance will be enhanced; project development and implementation capacities will be improved with focus on the less developed regions. These measures will ensure greater allocation of funds to the underdeveloped regions.

Project completed

Support to establishment and development of Macedonian Parliamentary Institute

01.01.2015 - 31.12.2017

SDC will continue to support the development of the Macedonian Parliamentary Institute (PI). The PI is department of the Parliamentary Services of the Assembly that shall provide research, archive, library, inhouse training and visltor services. Through the PI services, Members of Parliament (MPs) will have access to information for fact-based debates on laws, contributing to greater quality of laws for citizens.

Civil Society Support Facility – Constituency Building

15.09.2014 - 31.12.2018

The overall objective of the Civil Society Support Facility – Constituency Building project is to contribute to enhanced engagement of CSOs with their constituents and to joint agenda setting to promote  positive social change in Macedonia. Through enhanced levels of organisation and legitimacy CSOs will be enabled to promote good governance at national level and improve accountability of the state towards citizens – elements which are crucial to building a more transparent and democratic society.

Project completed

Community Forums - Exit Phase

09.09.2014 - 31.08.2017

The Community Forum instrument has been introduced as a mechanism for citizen participation in decision making at local level, thus fulfilling an institutional gap in the context of good governance in the country. The concept was developed through several phases and was applied in two third of the Macedonian municipalities. To foster sustainability the exit phase focuses on independently organised Forums and on the knowhow transfer to the municipalities association.

Restoration of the Strumica River Basin

01.07.2014 - 30.06.2021

As a continuation of the support to the Macedonian water and nature sector, Switzerland developed a group of projects that will assist the country to have cleaner water and a healthier environment, as well as to move forward in meeting its obligations towards the EU. Through this project, Citizens and farmers in the Strumica river basin will benefit from improved economic wellbeing as a result of a better ecological status of the river basin and reduced flooding hazards.

Project completed

Integration of Environmental Education in Macedonian Education System

01.09.2013 - 31.12.2015

The Environmental Education programme relates strongly to all other SDC and SECO water projects in Macedonia, since it contributes to awareness raising and increased interest for better and healthier environment. It is expected that the school children and their parents will be more sensitive on the environmental issues and will demand from the institutions in charge to address these issues in more effective way.

Project completed

Contribution to Fair and Free Local Elections 2013

10.12.2012 - 30.09.2013

The contribution to three Civil Society Organisations (CSO) aims at promoting fair and free local elections in Macedonia in 2013. The campaigns shall be supporting an atmosphere of fair, free and non-violent elections and at increasing the number of female candidates at the mayoral elections. In addition, the campaigns include the promotion of public debates between mayoral candidates, activities related to prevent the use of weapons and violence during the election campaign and on the voting day, and monitoring of the voting process.

Project completed

Regional Economic Development in Macedonia (RED) – Contribution to GiZ Programme

01.11.2012 - 31.12.2014

The level of development of Macedonia’s 8 regions is highly dispersed. A national system for balanced regional development was built up since 2005 with the support of the German Government (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH); however, it is still facing challenges in ensuring adequate implementation. SDC will co-finance this final project phase in order to contribute to the improvement of governance and policy coordination on regional level.

Project completed

Civil Society Support Facility – Bridging Phase

01.08.2012 - 30.06.2014

The Civil Society Support Facility programme (“Civica Mobilitas”) aims at building a stronger civil society sector in Macedonia which will be able to promote dialogue across the divides in the country - be they of political, socio-economic, ethnic and increasingly religious nature. This programme will support Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) which promote inter-ethnic cohesion and oversee the work of local governments.

Project completed

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